"VLADIVOSTOK: EASTERN MYSTERY" Top 5 Page for this destination Vladivostok by Jonarforever

Vladivostok Travel Guide: 229 reviews and 533 photos

Intro

Hi everybody,
and welcome to my Vladivostok page.

Indeed, there is little info one can find about this place in English. We like it here ourselves and perhaps are not too much into advertising;) I would recommend Wikipedia to grab a couple of quick facts about the city. As for some more pics, you can find them here.

What VLADIVOSTOK is/ is not

Vladivostok –
is the third greatest Russian city after Moscow and St Petersburg (and I mean, not just biggest - as it is not, but certainly greatest)

Vladivostok –
is to host the APEC-2012 summit, so the construction development is on the rise. Two huge bridges are being constructed – one across Golden Horn Bay, another one to link Russki Island with the mainland. The construction sites stun with their scale: come and witness these historic moments.

Vladivostok –
is the most European city in Asia as well as one of the safest places to start exploring Russia and observing ‘bizarre’ Russian folks

Vladivostok –
is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railway, though here we believe it to be its starting point lol

Vladivostok –
has a compact downtown area crammed with buildings of all architectural styles (see the pics) and lots of sorts of everything. Take your time to discover some amazing city nooks and crannies that will impress you with their 150-year-old charm.

Vladivostok –
is not a place to visit in case you are looking for tigers and bears within the city limits - they are gone, having left some traces in the city toponymy, such as Tiger Hill with its three tiger sculptures.

Vladivostok –
is a marvelous place to fight against one’s overweight: scattered among the hills it sometimes can make a walk a good hike, and thus helps its hard-working citizens stay fit.

ISSUES so widely discussed among foreign visitors

Vladivostok public toilets –
Are paid. But smart locals are not likely to bother about them, as public toilets are for those who do not know where NORMAL free toilets are. And there is a lot of them in the downtown area – in the shopping centers, cafes, cinemas, etc. See how many ones you can find and drop me a line :)P

Vladivostok Airport –
Yes, its international terminal is no outstanding piece of architecture, but it is to be knocked down, and the new one is currently being built for the APEC-2012 summit. Drop into the domestic terminal just to have a look around, this one has been renovated in 2007: drink a cup of coffee on the second floor while watching the planes take off and land through the glass wall.
(TIP: free toilets are located in the underground level of both terminals, but those in the domestic terminal are a far cry better)

Vladivostok beggars –
Are just like any other beggars. They normally sit on the steps of the underground pedestrian passages and sometimes by the churches asking for alms. Either ignore them or give them a rouble. They are not dangerous and will never pursue you.

Vladivostok gypsies –
There are very few, as the city is located too far from Europe;) You are not likely to see them at all, only in case you take a suburban train. Absolutely ignore them.

Vladivostok “ugly-concrete-Soviet-era apartment buildings" –
Sooner or later you are bound to behold these. But they will have to be knocked down within 25 years or so, otherwise they will collapse like a house of cards as their exploitation time will have expired. So perceive these as a piece of history and do not forget to take some historic pictures.

Vladivostok Burger –
Is as bad and unhealthy as McDonald’s, so if you like McDonald’s you will enjoy our Burger (by the way, its toiled is paid, what a shame)

All in all,
Bon voyage and see you around;)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A vibrant city full or 'typical' Russian things to discover
  • Cons:One of the most expensive places in Russia
  • In a nutshell:MY XXL LOVE:)
  • Intro Updated Aug 27, 2010
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  • RobertB62's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Excellent Page, I'm now more motivated to get there

  • salisbury3933's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Great page. Will be back in Vlad shortly for a few days so looking forward to seeing how things have changed since I was last there.

  • Suet's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Fascinating pages! most impressive. I might actually visit if you want to play Tourist Guide.

  • Ee-Tee's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Now I'm HERE, en NIET via ED;) Я не вижу B в фотографии. Un beau jour, more tangible evidence will be requested, mja.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Thanks for the virtual tour, and happy birthday.

  • AyurinHiro's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Hi,Mikhail :-) After visiting Vladivostok, we are reading your tips again. They are really helpful and excellent! Ayurin

  • Nuclei's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    Very nice page. Encouraging me to do the same for the city I live in(Ankara) :) I plan to visit Vladivostok on last week of September and your page helps me a lot. Thanks.

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    hi .. thanks for stopping by my pages and also your kind comments.....Thanks for sharing your informative tips on Vladivostock ...well done with good pics...I will return to these pages ..welcome to VT..Denny

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    These remnants of the old days are littered all across the old USSR - they should have read their Keats - Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair. Great start - leyle

  • trvlrtom's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    welcome to VT. It looks like you are off to a good start with your Vladivostok page.

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